Today in Tribe History: November 16, 1954

The Cleveland Indians acquire future Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner from the Chicago Cubs as the player to be named later for an earlier trade for minor league pitcher Sam Jones. Indians minor league outfielder Gale Wade will be sent to Chicago in two weeks to complete the deal.

Kiner will conclude his Major League career with his one season in Cleveland, batting .243 with 18 home runs and 54 RBI in 1955 at the age of 32. Jones, who had appeared in just 16 games for the Indians in 1951 and 1952, will be an All-Star for the Cubs in 1955, despite a 14-20 record at year’s end. He will lead the league in both walks and strikeouts, losses, and hit batters. He will again be an All-Star in 1959 and will finish the season with a 21-15 record and a 2.83 ERA for the San Francisco Giants. Wade plays 19 games over two seasons with the Cubs in his MLB cup of coffee.

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